Kate Green confirmed as Greater Manchester Deputy Mayor by Police, Fire and Crime Panel
At a meeting of the Greater Manchester Police, Fire and Crime Panel today, Kate Green has been confirmed as the new Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester for Policing and Crime. A formal report will be submitted to the Mayor about the Panel’s decision. Green will officially take up her post on 9 January 2023.
Last month, Deputy Mayor Baroness Bev Hughes announced she was stepping down in her post and Mayor Andy Burnham nominated Kate Green as her successor. Under schedule 1 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 the Police, Fire and Crime Panel must hold a confirmation hearing to consider the appointment.
The Panel heard from Kate Green - who has been Member of Parliament for Stretford and Urmston since 2010 - and about her experience to take on the role which includes:
- Membership of the Justice Select Committee
- Chair of the all party group on women in the penal system
- Co-led a Public Accounts Committee inquiry into the police uplift programme
- Participated in the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into The Macpherson Report 20 Years On
- Hands-on experience as a former lay magistrate
- Undertook detailed work on the Building Safety Act, introduced following the Grenfell fire
Speaking after the meeting, Panel Chair, Councillor Janet Emsley said:
“The role of the Deputy Mayor for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, is similar to that of directly elected Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners and so it holds considerable responsibility. That is why my Panel is required to hold a confirmation hearing to ensure appropriate scrutiny of the nominee before they are officially appointed.
“The Panel has unanimously agreed to support the Mayor’s nomination of Kate Green and we warmly congratulate her on appointment and look forward to working with her.
“I know she’ll have a busy schedule when she starts including continuing to oversee improvements in GMP and ensuring the recommendations in the Manchester Arena Inquiry volume 2 report are implemented.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Bev Hughes for her years of service in the role of Deputy Mayor. We wish her all the best.”
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said:
“I am delighted that my nominee for Deputy Mayor has been supported by the Panel. Kate Green brings a wealth of experience and understanding of policing, criminal justice and fire safety as well as working with communities to keep them safe and supporting victims of crime, and it was great to hear the Panel recognise this.
“I fully respect the role of the Panel and the vital work they do in holding me and the Deputy Mayor to account. With Kate Green taking up the post soon, we will continue to work with the Panel.”
Kate Green said:
“It was an honour for me to be nominated as Deputy Mayor for Greater Manchester by the Mayor and I’m pleased that the Police, Fire and Crime Panel has endorsed my appointment.
“Holding decision makers to account is an integral part of our democratic system and I know the Panel will continue to carry out their role diligently in holding me to account when I take up the post.
“There’s a busy agenda ahead which I’m looking forward to getting stuck into and I know the Panel will rightly be asking probing questions of my plans for policing, crime, criminal justice and fire.
“I would like to thank the Panel for their warm words today and I look forward to working them.”
Article Published: 05/12/2022 17:13 PM